Difficult as it is to believe if you were fortunate enough to witness it, but it really is 30 years in June since Jaguar won Le Mans for the first time as a factory entry since 1955! Of course, Ecurie Ecosse won in 56 and 57 in their own D-Types.
30 years ago our editor was in the pits at Le Mans with a full media and photographers pass, he went to the TWR factory to see the cars being prepared, and knew many of the hard working team members from Bathurst and Le Mans in 1987.
We can say without hesitation we have the best inside images and knowledge of that victory of any publication, and in our next edition we will tell and show you from the inside, and for the only time, how TWR and Jaguar won Le Mans in 1988 and re-established itself as a motoring icon.
There is much to tell about how it was done with the TWR effort broken up into a three car team run by the UK outfit, and a two car effort crewed and managed by its Daytona 24 Hour winning team from the US.
There was politics within the outfit which haven’t been disclosed before, and a very shaky last hour or more for the Jaguar XJR-9LM which won the race.
Not all the cars were new that season, and we will outline the background of each of those five cars.
Remember too that Jaguar was challenging the awesome might of Porsche, and also Mercedes-Benz via the Sauber outfit – so 1988 was even tougher than the previous four years when Jaguar reappeared at Le Mans managed by Group 44 then TWR in totally different types of sports racers.
The victory celebrations at the track have never been equalled, and our editor says he knows he will never witness anything as emotional again at a race event.
DO NOT MISS THIS EDITION – It is very special even if you are not a racing buff
It is about Jaguar and Jaguar’s very survival through to this day.
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